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OROVILLE — Julissa Alvarez will be crowned as 2019 May Festival queen by 2018 Queen Jenny Cisneros at a coronation ceremony Friday, May 10.

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SPOKANE — An Omak man’s conviction for second-degree theft has been reduced by the state Court of Appeals to third-degree theft and the case has been sent back to Okanogan County Superior Court for resentencing.

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BREWSTER— Although inpatient and outpatient revenues were below budget last month, Three Rivers Hospital finances continue to improve.

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OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee announced he is seeking the presidency of the United States in a video focused on climate change posted on his Facebook page early Friday.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bill protecting the Methow Headwaters area from mining has been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and now goes to the president for his signature.

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OROVILLE - Chamber of Commerce President Karen Frisbie announced the deadline for nominations for 2018 Best of Oroville has been extended to Monday, March 18. Nominations can be made online at https://form.jotform.com/90398770141157.

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TONASKET — Three Rivers Hospital (TRH) board chairman Mike Pruitt attended Thursday’s meeting of North Valley Hospital (NVH) Board of Commissioners, describing the collaboration between the two hospitals as an “innovative idea.”

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OMAK — Firefighters responded to a house fire at 25 Robinson Canyon Road shortly after 7:30 a.m. March 1.

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OROVILLE — A 13-year-old boy died Feb. 23 while hiking on the Similkameen Trail just outside town off Loomis-Oroville Road.

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OKANOGAN — A 1.5 percent overall increase in the base charge for electricity is under consideration by Okanogan County Public Utility District commissioners.

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OKANOGAN — A recall petition filed against two Tonasket City Council members was dismissed Thursday in Okanogan County Superior Court during a hearing to determine sufficiency of the charges and adequacy of ballot synopsis.

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TOPEKA, Kan. – Payless ShoeSource plans to close all 2,100 of its stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada by the end of May.

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Okanogan County Fair Advisory Committee Members had first and second readings on several policy updates that, if approved, will be effective for this year’s fair, Sept. 5-8.

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The Spokane office of the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch, calling for significant snow and blowing winds this weekend.

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Emergency crews responded to an RV fire at the Blue Mountain trailer court on South Second Avenue, early Thursday, Jan. 24.

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im and Julie Alley were named this year’s grand marshals for Founders Day 2019, announced at the annual Tonasket Chamber of Commerce banquet Saturday, Jan. 26.

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Dennis Brown threw his ink pen down and appeared to be close to stepping down from his post as mayor, but ultimately

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Due to inclement weather, several area schools are planning closures and delays for classes on Wednesday, Jan. 23. This list will be updated as information becomes available.

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OKANOGAN – Five people were arrested last week on suspicion of being involved in a drug trafficking organization and on outstanding warrants.

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The U.S. Armed Forces Legacy Association elected John Sanchez to serve as president this year. Sanchez served as vice president in 2018.

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The Ferry County Sheriff’s Office is struggling with deputy retention and is considering a proposed voter-approved public safety property tax levy that would be in in place for six years, and/or a voter-approved public safety sales tax increase of 0.3 percent.

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How can I not be the biological mother to my children I gave birth to? That was the question former Twisp resident Amelia Minuoza kept asking herself after a two-year struggle with a DNA conundrum.

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Members of the city’s public safety committee, along with Okanogan County Commissioner Andy Hover and Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley, hosted a town hall meeting Tuesday, Jan. 15, to discuss city’s policing needs following the mayor’s decision to disband the police department.

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Legislative Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, joined senior citizens for lunch last week at the Tonasket Senior Center, where he spoke to a large audience after they sang “Happy Birthday” to Kretz.

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Last week an excavator began tearing down the Bridgeport Middle School and old district office. The building was outdated and needed modern construction in order to provide a positive learning environment for students, according the Bridgeport School District Superintendent Scott Sattler.

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Tonasket City Planner Kurt Danison of Highland Associates and city council member Jill Ritter presented information on the U.S. Highway 97 Reconstruction Project, formerly known as the “Magnificent Mile,” to the chamber of commerce Tuesday, Jan. 8.

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Town will become a winter wonderland on Saturday, Jan. 19 as the Chamber of Commerce along with local volunteers, host the annual Winterfest celebration.

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Lawmakers from the 12th and 7th districts are gearing up for a full 105-day legislative session, which started yesterday, Jan. 14.

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“The Cops N’ Kids event went really well,” Police chief Nattalie Cariker told the city council during a regular meeting Wednesday, Jan. 9. “Avis (Erickson) does a lot for it…it’s always appreciated.”

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A proposed law requested by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the state Department of Health would raise the minimum legal age of sales for tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21.

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Tisha Jones, Manager of Peace Officer Certification of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, clarified yesterday, Jan. 10, that former Tonasket Police Officer John Cruz's reserve training certificate lapsed June 20, 2018. Cruz was sworn in to work as a police officer under former Police Chief Darin Odegaard on July 9, 2018.

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City council members Jill Ritter and Christa “Teagan” Levine presented Mayor Dennis Brown with votes of no confidence at Tuesday's city council meeting.

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On Dec. 15, Usofono “Fono” Muasau went to a scheduled dialysis appointment, when he received a call about a kidney donated in Seattle that was a match. A kidney was donated to Virginia Mason Seattle, and was ready for Usofono Muasau the night of December 15, if he could get to Seattle within six hours.

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Civil Service Commissioners voted not to hear an appeal by former Tonasket Police Chief Darin Odegaard over his second termination in December when they met Jan. 3.

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City council members voted to temporarily disband the Tonasket Police Department and contract with the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office at a special meeting Wednesday, Jan. 2. Officer Jose Perez, who began with the Tonasket Police Department in October 2018, was laid off Sunday, Jan. 6, according to Mayor Dennis Brown.

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